Monday, September 03, 2012

DIY Marquee Letters

I first saw this project on Oh Happy Day-- made from foam board, poster board, lights, and a little spray paint for a movie night event.

I loved it enough that I wanted something similar for the space above my kitchen cabinets.

I followed their instructions with a few modifications. (For their detailed instructions, visit here).

I hand drew the outline for the letters on the foam board. The ampersand was a little challenging. The pencil's eraser was my best friend.

My cousin Jenna cut out the letters with a utility knife. Thanks, Jenna! :)

I used tacky glue instead of tape to outline the letters with the poster board. I did use a few pieces of tape for reinforcement, but I found I got a tighter fit with glue.

The hardest part was planning out the placement of the light bulbs. I used one long strand of outdoor party lights I picked up from Target. Planning out the spacing and how the light strand would go from letter to letter took some time. Make sure you do all your measuring a couple of times before cutting the holes.

Apple Red is the perfect color for these letters.

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  1. I wanted to make sure and tell you--it is so cute! I bet that splash of color looks great above the kitchen cabinets.

  2. the cape on the cornerSeptember 5, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    oh my gosh, good for you! and i love your blog look, too.

  3. It looks so great! I think it is the perfect accent decoration! I can't wait to see it in person

  4. Thanks, Jenna. You're welcome to come over whenever you like to see it. :)

  5. Thanks! When it's all lit up, it definitely is a bold statement, but I love that. :)

  6. This is SUPER cute! Great job -the red looks awesome!

  7. Laura @ Finding HomeOctober 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    So fun and vibrant - love the red so much! Thanks so much for sharing at our link party. Take care, Laura

  8. What a fun and original idea!

    Thanks so much for sharing at our spray paint link party!



  9. How did you get the outside borders to fit? We're trying to do Happy Day's mini circus lights & it's killing us!! So fiddly & tricky to get the outside strips to fit to the letter outline. Did it take you forever?! Yours look great!

  10. Thanks! Oh Happy Day's tutorial used just tape to hold it together, but I found more success with running a small bead of tacky glue along the edges. It took a bit more time, but when I was finished there weren't any gaps.


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